Forest Health and Biotic Interactions

The research unit studies the effect of biotic factors (in particular insects and fungi) on forest health and develops the scientific basis for protecting the forest against potential pests and pathogens. We conduct surveys on the emergence of forest pests and diseases, advise forestry services on forest protection issues, and assist the federal government and cantonal authorities with measures to combat pests and pathogens. The unit's infrastructure includes a modern diagnostic laboratory and a high-security plant protection laboratory, so that alien organisms can be dealt with appropriately.

Another focus of the unit is on studying the effect of biotic (alien species) and abiotic disturbances (wind damage, climate change), as well as cultivation, on invertebrate fauna and the interactions between them and their host trees.

Projects

Publications

Research Groups and Staff

Forest Health and Biotic Interactions

Eckehard G. Brockerhoff

Head of Research Unit

Martin Bader

Visiting scientist

Marco Basile

Postdoc

Alexander Maess

Bachelor student

Anna Sidonia Marugg

Bachelor student

Robert McElderry

Visiting scientist

José Pedro Zé Ribeiro Correia

Temporary employee / Scientific staff member

Forest Entomology

Martin Gossner

Groupleader

Carl-Michael Heimo Andersson

Technical staff member

Astrid Bächli

Technical staff member

Mojtaba (Moe) Bakhtiari

Postdoctoral Scientist

Vittorio Rai Bizzozero

Master student

Timo Busse

Trainee

Giovanna Ceppi

Temporary employee

Francesca Cerroti

PhD student guest

Ana Maria Cobo Ospina

Temporary employee

Fabio Costa

Temporary employee

Tobia Diggelmann

Bastiaan Drost

PhD student

Maria Drzewicz

Master student

Michael Andreas Eisenring

Scientific staff member

Nina Feddern

Visiting scientist

Maja Ilic

Visiting scientist

Thibault Lachat

Visiting scientist

Leonie Lorenzo Lopez

Apprentice

Madison Mae Molnar

Temporary employee

Elly Helen Müller

Guest

Felix Neff

Visiting scientist

Anouchka Perret-Gentil

lab technician

Anja Probst

Temporary employee

Aditi Manoj Rawal

PhD student guest

Caio Graco Rodriguez Leandro Roza

Visiting scientist

Thibaut Rota

Visiting scientist

Nicolas Roth

Visiting scientist

Lauren Ruysschaert

Temporary employee / Scientific staff member

Doris Schneider

Technical staff member

Leila Anna Schuh

Postdoc

Jennifer Stucki

Temporary employee

Beat Wermelinger

Visiting scientist

Fengping Yang

Visiting scientist

Phytopathology

Simone Prospero

Groupleader

Carolina Cornejo

Technical staff member

Ana Diaz Zuniga

Temporary employee / Scientific staff member

Iva Franic

Scientific staff member

Leandra Fritsi

Apprentice

Sneha Gupta

Temporary employee

Renate Heinzelmann

Scientific staff member

Quirin Kupper

lab technician

Giovanna Lanzavecchia

Postdoc

Jana Mittelstrass

Scientific staff member

Patrizia Palermo

Technical staff member

Luna Richter

Bachelor student

Daniel Rigling

Visiting scientist

Beat Ruffner

Scientific staff member

Wajeeha Shamsi

Postdoc

Charlotte Franziska Suhner

Bachelor student

Sven Ulrich

lab technician

Robin Winiger

lab technician

Swiss Forest Protection

Valentin Queloz

Groupleader

Benno Andreas Augustinus

Scientific staff member

Ludwig Beenken

Scientific staff member

Simon Blaser

Scientific staff member

Francesca Giulia Dennert

Scientific staff member

Vivanne Dubach

Technical staff member

Annina Gerber

Bachelor student

Johanna Gnägi

Trainee

Mona Louisa Hallenberger

Trainee

Doris Hölling

Scientific staff member

Jolanda Klaver

Trainee

Nicolas Mahler

Bachelor student

Andrea Minetti

Software developer

Federico Monteleone

Temporary employee

Maurice Moor

Technical staff member

Alice Pessina

Trainee

Mario Sahli

Technical staff member

Elisabeth Schertler

Technical staff member

Sophie Stroheker

Technical staff member

Veronika Zengerer

Guest